Girl From Essendon

Lord knows it's not for money now
She turns out and she sings and smiles
As if the sun stopped going down
And still they're standing in the aisles

And lovers in their hordes who kissed
Their first loves to her serenade
In black and white, are bound to miss
The moments gone, the dreams that age

It seems so long ago
that I first heard the song
The story of two strangers
and how they fell in love
How brief their time together,
and so their love so strong
left them broken hearted
when the fair was movin' on

When you and I were only kids
In sixty four she stepped ashore
You hopped about on chalked out grids
I rolled the stones and kept the score

Soon something beautiful was born
Between us and that haunting song
But as the fair of life moved on
Our tapestry of love was torn

It seems so long ago
that I first heard the song
The story of two strangers
and how they fell in love
How brief their time together,
and so their love so strong
left them broken hearted
when the fair was movin' on

There on the stage she sings so sweet
And I can hear and I can feel
Two beating hearts on our old street
And for a moment it was real

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by jim hogg

Comments (6)

Others have already commented on the truth of the poem. I'd just like to add an appreciation of its technique, the excellence of your metaphors, the effect of your choice of words..
A snail can ease its one foot across a razor blade without being harmed.Though apart they are from quite different entities, it is still possible and still it amazes the onlooker.Wonderful writing here.Love Duncan
Always shocking, the realization that beauty and peace can be found in even the worst circumstances...
It's beautiful the way you wrote it, as it is despair in the message! The imagery is very well chosen for this kind of poem! Elya Thorn
Very visual and moving. S
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